Coast Guard rescues two from disabled sailboat near Sandy Hook, N.J.

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two people from a disabled sailboat in danger of capsizing near Sandy Hook, N.J., at approximately 1:20 a.m. today.

The helicopter crew was requested after a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook could not get close to the sailboat due to shallow water.

Neither person was injured in the incident.

“The operator of the sailboat tried to drop anchor, but the strong winds caused it to continue drifting, resulting in the boat dragging the anchor,” said Lt. Paul Turner, Coast Guard Sector New York’s command duty officer. “It’s a very dangerous situation because the sailboat eventually ran aground and it put the sailboat in a 45-degree list.”

Listing is a nautical term used to describe a boat’s angle of lean or tilt in the water.

Seas were three-to-four feet at the time of the incident and the Coast Guard had implemented restrictions to the commercial vessels due to the gale-force winds, which were sustained at about 30 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The two people were taken to a large parking lot near the Sandy Hook Ranger Station and declined medical attention.

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